Post # 1
Had my first yeast infection about 6 months ago. I diagnosed it myself and took the canesten oral pill. Symptoms came back after 3 days so I went to my doctor. She tested me for “everything” but the results showed a yeast infection and she told me to take the cream, not the pill. I took the canesten 6 and it went away.
In March I got another one, treated with canesten 6 and it went away.
Now I have another one.
What is wrong with me? Am I allergic to something? Does getting one make you more prone to others?
I’m tired of spending money on cream, I’m tired of being uncomfortable and I’m tired of not being able to have sex.
Does anyone have any advice?
Post # 3
I have always had success with Monistat. Have you changed anything recently? Diet, new sexual partners? Any slight change in body chemistry can screw up your pH and give you a yeast infection. I feel your pain, I am super prone to them as well.
Post # 4
Make sure that you are only using water when washing ‘down there’; avoid anything scented in the area. Also avoid wearing tight clothing, like tight jeans, underwear, or tights, and stick to clothing in natural fibers like silk and cotton where possible to allow the skin to breathe.
Failing that, some women have a sensitivity to latex and lubricants/spermicide, so, if you are using condoms you might want to consider that as a possible cause.
You should also make sure that your partner has been tested and treated, and BOTH of you should get the all-clear before having sex, as otherwise, you could be passing it back and forth between you.
Post # 5
I usually just bought what was in stock at the store. My doctor reccommended the 6 or 7 day treatments.
I moved out in July, but didn’t get the first infection until November. Since moved out I’ve probably been eating differently, having sex more (same partner). I’m busier than before with house chores, cooking, etc. We got cats in October, but I’ve always had cats growing up.
I’m wearing the same underwear. Laundry detergent has changed, but if it were the laundry detergent wouldn’t I have reacted earlier, shortly after we moved? Also, its Tide Free so you’d think it wuld be gentle.
Post # 6
Shaving down there helps too. Hair collects bacteria, which causes infections, both bacterial and yeast, from it being moist and warm all the time. Keeping it clean shaven helps eliminate this problem also.
Post # 7
we do use condoms but have used the same kind since we became sexually active over 3 years ago. Could I have developed an intolerance to it? Also, we obviously had sex more when we first moved in (the excitement of living together) and that’s become less freqeent.
Also, I’m not sure how long yeast infections take to form, but this time I was on my period, so we haven’t even had sex since wednesday of last week.
Post # 8
Some women are more prone to yeast infections, and normal changes in body chemistry can make you get them more at one point in your life. I used to get them a LOT when I was in high school/early college, but I haven’t had one in years now. Monistat works great, just wear your granny panties while taking it. 6 months inbetween infections is not super frequent, but if you start getting them more often, I would go to your GYN. I know its frustrating, but don’t be too hard on yourself because it happens to all women at some point.
Post # 9
@feelingfriendless1: I would ask your doctor for the pill Diflucan. It clears up the infection within 24 hours and you take it orally. And yes, some people are just more prone to getting them. I have a friend who I swear, every time I talk to her, she has another one. Also make sure you are peeing right after sex. Wear panties with a cotton crotch area. Maybe eat more yogurt.
Post # 10
I use Caneston which is available in the UK, but I’m not sure about the US? I tend to get them when it’s hot (so wear cotton knickers) or when I’m stressed. Some people are just prone to them. The pessary or internal cream work best for me (but aren’t very pleasant).
Post # 11
@feelingfriendless1: Your husband/fiance might need to be treated.
Post # 12
Yes it is possible that you two may be sharing it back and forth. Also, if you douche, stop. It messes up your body’s natural ph balance and rids your body of good yeasts and beneficial bacteria. Douching is bad news. Hope you are well soon.
Post # 13
you’re probably allergic to something. if i use a scented detergent on my underwear or scented tampons, i get them RAGING bad.
i love the Monistat single-dose ovule insert. knocks it out overnight.
Post # 14
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This is what I was thinking as well. Any unprotected sex could cause him to catch it from you even if you don’t have any symptoms yet. Men usually don’t show any symptoms of a yeast infection so he just reinfects you a few weeks later.
I would also consider eating active culture yogurt on a regular basis (3+ times per week) because it can help stabilize the environment down there. And wearing cotton underwear definitely helps.
I am allergic to spermicide so I buy the condoms without it. Nonoxyl 9 just wrecks me and definitely feels like a yeast infection.
Post # 15
They have a lot to do with diet also. Lots of sugar and or carbs will make you more likely to get one. Yeast feeds on sugar. Cut out sugar & minimize carbs until it clears up. And watch them carefully after!
Post # 16
+1. If yoghurt creeps you out like it does me buy otc probiotic and take one for ten days get your hubby/FI to take it too and try and not have sex for a week or so because the cross contamination risks are high and that means re-infection over and over. I am prone to this due to medication I take and I use a product called gyna-guard that really helps eliminate bacteria etc ‘down there’. It is an unscented intimate wash, don’t use anything to douche if it isn’t made for that purpose. I also second the tight-cloting and cotton crotch that a PP mentioned.